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PewDiePie’s $50K donation to ADL surprises some fans

Published: 11/Sep/2019 5:30 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 16:42

by Andrew Amos


Swedish Youtube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg celebrated reaching 100 million subscribers by donating $50,000 to the Anti Defamation League, but some of his fans were taken aback by the chosen charity.

After years of hard work, PewDiePie became the first individual Youtuber to break through the 100 million subscriber mark late in August. His channel is by far the biggest on the platform for a solo content creator, garnering millions of views on every video.

To celebrate, the Swede has decided to give back to one organization, the Anti Defamation League (ADL.

Youtube: PewDiePieIn his latest video, PewDiePie pledged $50,000 to the ADL, but some fans aren’t impressed.

In a September 10 video, while unboxing his ultra-exclusive “Red Diamond” award for having reached the massive milestone, he announced that he would be donating a big chunk of change to the ADL.

“As an additional celebration, I will be donating $50,000 to the Anti Defamation League, which is an organization that fights bigotry and prejudice in all its forms,” he said.

It was the very same ADL that had famously tried to shut down PewDiePie’s channel in 2016 by sending clips of his content to then-sponsor Disney, which led to the studio cutting ties after being pressured.

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Because of his history with the organizations, fans were surprised at his decision, which has pushed for stricter quarantine of hate speech on online platforms, going after major content creators like the Swede.

Reddit user ‘unpopularxopinions’ said “I don’t like that PewDiePie is funding the ADL’s bullshit,” while ‘shortcutone’ argued “there are way better organizations to be donating to for this issue.”


Another said “the fact of the matter is that the ADL is notorious for censorship and they unfairly slandered PewDiePie and done that to numerous groups/people. The fact that he donated $50k to them is disrespectful to all of the people they’ve attacked.”

Comments about the donation have been removed from the video after some fans criticized the decision. 

PewDiePie’s editor asked fans to “stop”, calling the complaints a conspiracy theory, instead of just congratulating him on reaching 100 million subs.

‘Thatfrenchnut’ said that it was “still weird how comments are being deleted and they are set to newest first.” The YouTube video currently has over 230,000 comments at the time of writing, but a large portion of comments on top of that are no longer there.


While the fans outrage isn’t directed at PewDiePie himself, some feel disappointment at the choice to donate to the Anti Defamation League. 


Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 20:47

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.